Chicago police have charged four people with hate crime and assault charges over a video in which a disabled teenager appears to be tied up and tortured while someone yells “f*** Donald Trump” and “f*** white people”.
Captured in a broadcast on Facebook Live, the footage shows a young white man sitting in the corner of a room with tape over his mouth.
It shows a large knife being held to his face and his scalp being cut, before he is kicked repeatedly and forced to drink toilet water.
The group are shown taunting and swearing at the victim, while large parts of the footage focus on a woman rambling incoherently.
Earlier police superintendent Eddie Johnson said: "It’s sickening. You know it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that.”
He said the victim, who has "mental health challenges," was recovering.
Detectives say the victim met acquaintances in the northwest Streamwood suburb, before he was driven to Chicago in a stolen vehicle.
The victim, thought to be 18 years old, is believed to have been held hostage for at least 24 hours in an apartment.
On Tuesday, the same day the 30-minute video was uploaded by a woman, police say they spotted the victim walking on a West Side street in a state of distress.
Chicago Police Commander Kevin Duffin said: “He’s traumatised by the incident and it’s tough to communicate with him at this point.”
Independent News Service